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IG orders tight security ahead Eid-el-Kabir celebration

• Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Ogun police commands urge vigilance

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has directed zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) to put necessary security measures in place to ensure a secure, peaceful and hitch-free Eid-el-Kabri celebration.

Baba assured the nation that the police were ready to sustain efforts in fighting crimes and criminality as well as improve public safety and security across the country.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police (CP), said: “The IGP particularly directed the Zonal AIGs and State Command CPs to put in place all necessary security measures to ensure a secure, peaceful and incident-free celebration.

“They are to, among other things, deploy human and other operational assets to carry out confidence building and crime prevention patrols on major highways, residential and industrial areas, vulnerable points, places of worship, other places of public resort and around all critical national infrastructure.

“The IGP equally warned that personnel deployed must be professional and mindful of the fundamental rights of the citizens, and discharge their responsibilities with all sense of decorum and alertness.

“The IGP, while congratulating the Muslim faithful in the country on the occasion of the Year 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebration, reiterated that the Force would continue to improve on the recent gains achieved in stabilising security order in parts of the country, protecting lives and property of citizens, and denying space for crimes and criminality to thrive in and around the country.”

Also, the Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara and Ogun states’ police commands have urged the residents to be vigilant during the Sallah celebration.

They implored the people to join the efforts by the police to protect their lives and their property from criminals.

The Kwara State Police Command said it had deployed 2,000 officers and men for the celebration.

“The command wishes to advise that we should be vigilant and be conscious of happenings around us, report strange faces, movements and activities to the police, using the following police emergency numbers: 08125275046/070-320-69501,” said a statement yesterday in Ilorin, the state capital, by the command’s spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi, a Superintendent of Police (SP).

Also, a statement on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by the command’s spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said Police Commissioner Edward Ajogun assured the residents that the police had put necessary security measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property.

The Kebbi State Police Command advised the residents to report suspicious persons and movements to the nearest police station.

A statement yesterday in Birni Kebbi, the state capital, by its spokesman Nafi’u Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), urged the people to call 08038797644 and 09062925404 in case of any emergency or distress.

The Kaduna State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it had deployed 2,500 personnel to boost security during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

The state command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) also said it had deployed 800 Regular and 250 Special Marshals for the celebration.

The Jigawa State government has announced the suspension of traditional durbar in the five Emirate Councils of the state during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Adamu AbdulKadir, announced this in a statement yesterday in Dutse, the state capital, by the spokesperson in the Office of the SSG, Isma’il Ibrahim.

 

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